The folks at FCA may be seeking to turn the Dodge Challenger into some kind of big bodied bruiser on the road course. And no, we’re not talking about the Challenger Scat Pack, the Hellcat Widebody, or the dragstrip-oriented 1320 Edition. Because according to a big report for the folks at Mopar Insiders, there’s a Dodge Challenger ACR coming in time for the nameplate’s 50th anniversary. And, according to the report, it will be legally limited for track use only.
As originally teased from a SEMA concept from several years ago, a Dodge Challenger ACR could end up featuring plenty of kit from the Dodge Viper ACR parts bin, according to the report. So that means carbon fiber dive planes, a massive and adjustable rear wing, and a detachable front splitter, and several lightweighting enhancements, such as stripping down the interior. However, Mopar Insiders says that Dodge will put interior components back in – such as the passenger’s seat – for just $1. This hilarious option scheme was first shown with the Challenger SRT Demon and Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320.
The outlet points to the Wesley Motorsports Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye as an early clue for what to expect. The racer campaigned at the treacherous Pikes Peak Hillclimb, as well as various Gridlife events.
The suspension of the new Wesley Motorsports car is largely stock, save for the factory dampers have been replaced with Bilstein MDS units. The interior, exterior, wheels, and tires have all been modified to optimize the car’s handling for the road course, while keeping it legal for most production-based classes. Most obvious among the Wesley Motorsports Dodge Challenger Hellcat modifications is the aerodynamic work – featuring a massive chin spoiler and elevated rear wing, which provide the extra downforce needed for cornering at speed.
While the track prowess of the Dodge Challenger muscle car tends to exceed expectations, a road-course dedicated Dodge Challenger ACR may be a bit out of the nameplate’s comfort zone. There’s currently no word on how many examples will be built, but with the lifecycle of the current-generation Challenger entering its twilight years, it’s nevertheless fun to see (and speculate) on what Dodge will come up with next.